New distribution software from BluJay

HOLLAND—BluJay Solutions, a provider of supply chain software and services, has released version 20.0 of its transportation and distribution applications.

Company officials say the latest updates provide greater user efficiency, enhanced visibility, optimized routing, and easy order integration across its transportation and distribution solutions, to enable shippers and logistics service providers to remove friction throughout the supply chain.

“Shippers and LSPs are the glue that bind our global supply chain and they need the ability to flex to meet the needs of customers while still driving operational effectiveness across the entire transportation network,” said David Landau, chief product officer at BluJay Solutions. “With the latest updates to BluJay’s transportation and distribution applications, we’re leveraging more data and actionable insights across the platform to increase efficiency and visibility, making it easier for users to make immediate, informed decisions about their supply chain management.”

Highlights of BluJay’s version 20.0 for transportation and distribution applications include:

Data-driven Insights—A new feature called “SpotLight” within the Transportation Management platform harnesses the power of BluJay’s BluDex industry benchmark index tool to help users make more informed cost-based routing decisions. This feature identifies which loads have the highest potential for savings by going to the spot market and enables the user to quickly and easily send these loads out to bid.

Improved Ocean Workflow—BluJay has also streamlined its Ocean workflow in Transportation Management to allow for ease of use and user-defined automation. By eliminating unnecessary clicks and ticks, users can seamlessly create, schedule, and execute Ocean bookings with the right vessel line, with the right rate, and at the right time.

Increased Parcel Visibility—For Parcel, BluJay has built an API for tracking and a new UI on top of it, creating a new Parcel Track and Trace module that allows customers and their partners to track, report on, and see the history of their parcels.

Improved Visibility and Mobility for LSPs—For LSPs, the latest platform updates offer improved visibility and execution at cross-dock centers with enhanced mobile capabilities, along with various shipping unit and document printing advancements.

Simplicity and Efficiency for Carriers—MobileSTAR’s Dispatch Portal provides advanced allocation, optimization and visibility to carriers. This set of tools allows dispatchers to automatically allocate jobs and deliveries on the best route, with the best driver based on location and working hours, plus optimize run orders, calculate ETAs, and track progress. In addition, exception alert notifications enable dispatchers to perform corrective action to meet customer expectations

Collaborative, Easy Order Integration—Supplier Portal, an extension of Transportation Management, enables shippers and suppliers to more easily collaborate while providing shippers with better control and visibility of inbound freight. Users now have the ability to create orders directly in the Supplier Portal without having to integrate to an external source. The portal greatly improves user efficiency and streamlines the order creation process.

BluJay officials said the latest updates also enhance its U.S. and global customs and compliance management suite with wider country and procedures coverage, plus automation to help customers remove friction from their supply chains and adapt to a changing regulatory landscape.

“With increasing trade tensions, unpredictable economic factors, and lack of standardization across countries, managing customs is challenging business. That is why organizations trust BluJay’s software, with its rigorous controls and automated processes for frictionless borders, supported by global, regional and local expertise,” said Nicolas Ethevenin, Director Product Management at BluJay Solutions. “The latest releases help our users stay agile and compliant amidst an increasingly dynamic supply chain market.”

BluJay’s version 20.0 includes the following customs and compliance enhancements:

Expanded Coverage for Frictionless Borders—BluJay’s multi-country, multi-language Customs Management solution enables trade across regions with a unified user interface. Country and procedures coverage have been significantly increased with the addition of New Computerized Transit System (NCTS) support for Denmark, France (for the future Delta-T platform), the Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland, and Latvia, as well as Export in France and the Netherlands. In addition, system updates have been made for Brexit, to the extent of what has been published by various customs authorities. As a leader in UK and global customs, BluJay continues to monitor and proactively address changes as required. In BluJay’s Customs Management-US application, the Auto Add 9903 feature aids users by inserting the trade remedy numbers when needed, to help keep users compliant.

Improved Automation—New enhancements deliver better automation for users, such as automatic emails to assignees from selected status change and reception of customs documents, to upload of external documents in a declaration for compliance storage and/or customs submission.

Supply Chain Integration—Version 20.0 includes an updated integration between BluJay’s Transportation Management for Freight Forwarders and the Automated Export System module in Customs Management to streamline exporting for forwarders in BluJay’s Global Trade Network.

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